Where will Arsene Wenger be managing next season?by Jack Kitson / 23 February 2017, 13:36Tweet
The future of Arsenal Arsene Wenger has been the subject of intense and widespread debate in recent weeks.
Wenger’s Gunners contract expires in the summer, but while there is an ever-growing chorus of fans who want him gone, there are those that remain loyal to the Frenchman, who reportedly has a two-year deal on the table.
Sky Bet have opened up a “Where will Arsene Wenger be manager on 31st August 2017” market, and we take the opportunity to analyse the veteran gaffers’ future options.
Staying put at Arsenal features at the top of the market at 4/6. Wenger may be under pressure like never before, but it he could decide that he has another two years left in him at the Emirates.
Realistically, Arsenal’s only chance of silverware this season is the FA Cup, a trophy Wenger has lifted twice in the last three seasons. With this in mind he may decide to have another couple of stabs at the Premier League and Champions League, the latter of which has infamously eluded him his whole career.
However, if Wenger was to leave Arsenal after a staggering 21 years is there still a space for him in English football? Undoubtedly, but with all the traditional top jobs taken, he would have to look elsewhere, although a vacancy could soon open up at Leicester City, with whom Wenger is 25/1 to join next.
China or USA
A complete change of scenario could just be what Wenger craves.
Wenger has previously spoken fondly of the time he spent in China’s neighbours Japan with Nagoya Grampus, the club he managed before arriving on these shores with Arsenal.
A flurry of top class players and managers have jetted off to the splash-the-cash Chinese Super League in recent years, including the likes of Marcello Lippi (China national team), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Guangzhou), Andre Villas Boas (Shanghai SIPG), and Manuel Pellegrini (Hebei China Fortune), but the arrival of Wenger (7/1) in China would no doubt be the most significant state of intention to date.
Alternatively, Wenger could travel across the pond over to the MLS, a league which is currently home to his former skipper Patrick Vieira (New York City), while the former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino manages Atlanta United.
However, you get the feeling that if Wenger does leave North London, he’ll fancy one more crack at the whip in Europe first…
Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is in a similar position to Wenger. Both managers suffered devastating Champions League hammerings last week and both men’s contracts expire in the summer.
Barcelona’s crushing 4-0 defeat to PSG sent alarm bells ringing. In their following game the Catalan club put in a meek performance against struggling Leganes - a last-gasp Lionel Messi penalty saved them from an embarrassing draw. However, the home support whistled loudly in the direction of the touchline throughout the encounter.
Many expect Enrique, who has impressively hoisted a whopping eight trophies in two-and-a-half seasons with Barcelona, to move on in the summer…but surely it wouldn’t be Wenger who replaces him in the dugout?
Barca usually appoint from within, or at least someone who has some association with the club, and Arsenal’s struggles in recent years doesn’t make Wenger an obvious candidate (7/1), but you never know, Wenger reportedly caught the attention of Real Madrid the summer before last…
A cluster of Ligue 1 clubs feature in the market including Marseille (14/1), Lyon (20/1), PSG (20/1), and one of Wenger’s former club’s AS Monaco (25/1).
The 67-year-old took charge of The Monegasques between 1987 and 1994, winning the league in his debut campaign, and then the Coupe de France a few seasons later.
Monaco are currently managed by Leonardo Jardim who only this week expressed his interest in plying his trade in the Premier League. Could Jardim and Wenger switch dugouts in the summer? The latter can be found at 25/1 to return to the Stade Louis II, while Jardim is priced at 14/1 in the Next Arsenal Manager Market.
Another manager who has been hotly linked with Arsenal is Juventus boss Max Allegri who is currently the 5/1 favourite in the betting to replace Wenger at the Emirates.
Allegri is currently attempting to win his third consecutive Seria A with the Italian giants, and should he do this, the 49-year-old may decide that the time is right to test his credentials alongside the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, and countryman Antonio Conte in the Premier League.
The only likely destination is Arsenal, should Wenger vacate his hot seat.
In turn, Wenger could venture off in the other direction to the Old Lady (12/1), while he’s available at 16/1 to take charge of AC Milan.
A National Team
Wenger was hotly linked with the England national team job last year, but that has since been taken by Gareth Southgate who signed a four-year contract back in November. Seeing as The Three Lions don’t participate in a major tournament until 2018, it’s difficult to envision Southgate losing his job anytime soon, unless he makes a Sam Allardyce esq blunder…
Another option is his own national team, France (25/1), although again this job is unlikely to become available in the near future, with the current incumbent Didier Deschamps attempting to lead Les Bleus to glory in Russia next summer.